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DEV Centre News Flash - 50th Anniversary Week


February 2012


Celebrating the OECD Development Centre’s 50th Anniversary

27 February – 1 March 2012, OECD - Paris

The OECD Development Centre will celebrate its 50th Anniversary during a week of events, kicking off on 27 February and culminating with a High-Level Meeting of the Centre’s Governing Board on 1 March. This week-long series of development events is orchestrated by the OECD Development Centre and benefits from the support of many external and internal partners, including the Development Co-operation Directorate, the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI), the European Commission, and the Embassies of Poland, Chile, Mexico, and Spain. Guests will include President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, ministers from OECD and non-OECD member countries and development actors from around the world.


The meetings will be an opportunity to share experiences and identify policy options in the quest to build competitive economies and cohesive societies in an increasingly interconnected world. Participants will also have an opportunity to express their views on the OECD Strategy on Development, which is currently being elaborated by the Organisation.


Click on the agenda below for more information.


Throughout its half-century existence, the Centre has provided a platform for policy dialogue between developed, developing and emerging economies. The Development Week continues in this tradition and brings together development actors from governments, international organisations, research institutions and the private sector.



High-Level Meeting of the Governing Board - The Board is meeting to provide input on the future direction of the Centre. The meeting will also serve as a consultation on the OECD Strategy on Development, including input from non-OECD member countries.


Global Forum on Development - A joint endeavour by the OECD Development Centre and the Development Co-operation Directorate, this year the GFD also involves the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate. The Forum gathers high-level experts from a wide range of stakeholder groups (senior officials, civil society organisations, etc.). The 2012 Forum will have two main aims: discuss some aspects of the OECD Strategy on Development and identify priorities and best practices in making public expenditure more effective and efficient for development.


Emerging Markets Network - The quarterly meeting will focus on Global prospects and rethinking global risks with senior executives from leading financial and industrial member companies.


Development Finance Network (DeFiNe) - A network of 40 think tanks from all over the world, the annual DeFiNe meeting will be an opportunity to consult with them on the OECD strategy on Development and to zoom-in and discuss everything from financing for development to achieving the MDGs. Participants will also include leading think tanks from Brazil, India and South Africa.


DEV-EDFI Roundtable - A roundtable on rethinking development strategies in a shifting world: How to mobilize the private sector - jointly organised with the Association of European Development Finance Institutions.


European Report on Development - The first public consultation on the EU-funded European Report on Development focusing on the post-2015 scenario.


Roundtable on Tax Compliance and Tax Morale - This event is co-hosted by the OECD Development Centre and the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. The roundtable will focus on analyzing public attitudes and perceptions of tax evasion across all regions of the world.


Presentation of Revenue Statistics in Latin America - This joint publication by the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, the OECD Development Centre, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Centre of Tax Administrations (CIAT) has as its aim is to provide internationally comparable data on tax levels and tax structures for a selection of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. Click here to find out more.


First Development Lecture in honour of Angus Maddison - The Centre will launch the Angus Maddison Development Lecture Series to commemorate Angus Maddison, a renowned scholar on quantitative macroeconomic history and one of the founding fathers of the Centre, whose work has greatly influenced the development policy debate. The first Development Lecture in honour of Angus Maddison will be delivered by Philippe Aghion, Professor of Economics at Harvard University.


Cocktail and Piano concert - The Chair of the Centre’s Governing Board and Ambassador of Poland to the OECD, Mr. Pawel Wojciechowski, will host this event featuring a performance by the acclaimed pianist Mr. Leszek Mozdzer.


The OECD Development Centre would like to thank in advance its many external partners that are organising and co-organising events during the Development Week:


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